Tonga Whale Swim Adventures

International Dive Trips

Photography Workshops

2022 Private Underwater Photography Workshops in Maui, Hawaii


Private one tank and two tank workshops

$395  - $695

2023 Underwater Tours and Workshops


Tonga Whale Swim Adventure

Land Based Adventure
September 6 - 20, 2023

Subject to fuel and supplies surcharge.


Private Boat Charter limited to four people.

Join me for my 14th season leading groups to Tonga
Includes 14 nights accommodation at Portwine Guest House and 11 days of private boat charter

The goal of this trip is to have mutual interactions with humpback whales in the wild.

2023 Dive the Bligh Waters of Fiji


Fiji two week scuba adventure diving the sites of the Bligh Water

14 nights accommodation at Volivoli Beach Resort based on double occupancy and 12 days of boat diving with Ra Divers.  Includes 28 boat dives, unlimited shore dives, Nitrox, airport transfers, all meals,

September  20 - Oct 4, 2023


2024  Underwater Tours and Workshops

Fiji to Tonga Liveaboard Dive Trip

Diving the Bligh Water of Fiji

Dive into the color of Fiji, and learn techniques that will help you create portraits that tell a story and evoke response. 
May 19 - 26, 2024

 Volivoli Beach Resort  Accommodations Choose from two levels of room  $2,850 Ocean View or $3,350 Deluxe Ocean View.  Based on dbl occupancy.


Tonga Whale Swim Adventure

Private Charter limited to four people
Join me for my 15th season leading groups to Tonga

Includes 14 nights accommodations with breakfast at Portwine Gust House in Vavau' and 11 days of private boat Charter.  I have stayed here on most of my trips to Tonga and love the hospitality, service, and breakfast.  the boat does not go out on Sundays. Subject to Fuel and Supplies Surcharge.

August 21 - September 4, 2024

$8,666 per person

A message from Doug,

I started leading groups to International dive destinations in 1994, and in 2005, focused on whale trips to Tonga, and dive trips to Fiji. Along came the pandemic, and all travel stopped. With countries re-opening their borders,  I am once again planning international dive trips and photography workshops. Destinations include Fiji, Philippines, Tonga, and the Solomons. 

I love to dive and travel, and the only thing better is to share the experience with like minded people. On some of the trips I offer a photography workshop, so be sure to check the details of each trip.  If you have an interest in one of these adventures please send me an email. If you might know someone that might be interested please forward these details to them. I appreciate it.   

Aloha and Mahalo,

Douglas Hoffman 

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Testimonials From Previous Clients

Having taken a variety of photography tours/classes, Douglas distinguished himself right away. Through conversation and a few questions, he learned that we knew enough to take our lens caps off before we shot. So instead of a canned lesson plan, we got exactly what we wanted. Which was a focus on the artistic side of photography.


San Jose, CA

What a great experience. Not only did I learn a lot about how to take great pictures Doug also took me to places I wouldn’t have seen. Can’t wait to put my new skills to good use.


I knew that my trip to Maui was going to epic but what I did not know was that my time spent with Douglas would turn this total newbie into an artist in just one day. Douglas was able to transform my abilities and skill level with a camera from just your average snapshooter into an actual photographer in just one workshop.

Shawn W

Doug’s techniques are so personalized to the lighting scenario. He stimulated my mind to re-think how I approach photography which I will put into practice!

Michelle R